Executive Governor of Anambra State, Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo has announced the distribution of palliatives to serve as succor to the people after fuel subsidy removal.
The government while speaking in a state broadcast revealed that 300,000 house holds across the 326 wards of the state will get bags of rice.
The Governor also declared a tax free policy for artisans and petty traders in the interim.
According to him:
“In the meantime and over the remaining four months of the year (September – December) as well as within the context of our 2023 budget framework, we are rolling out a few immediate- and medium-term measures,” he said.
The following highly vulnerable persons are exempt from all forms of taxation/levies: hawkers; wheelbarrow and truck pushers; vulcanizers; artisans, okada drivers; petty traders with a capital of less than N100,000.
“The IGR payments of all transporters including keke, minibus, etc are hereby reduced by 20 percent with effect from September, 1.
“Henceforth, we will provide free antenatal services and free delivery services to pregnant mothers in state primary health centres and general hospitals.”
Soludo also expressed optimism on form wing a solid partnership with the federal government to ensure residents of Anambra benefit from the conditional grant of N50,000 to no fewer than 1,300 businesses in the 21 LGAs
While speaking, he also pointed the need for Anambra people to benefit and take advantage of the proposed 100 billion naira commercial agricultural loan from CBN, that will go at a nine percent interest rate.
Soludo said he has also approved the repair of all serviceable public servants’ staff buses currently under the office of the head of the service to facilitate the movement of state workers.
And same will go for all state owned boats to help transport people living in the riverine areas of the state.
“We will be applying to purchase many of the CNG-fueled buses to be provided by the federal government for intra-state transportation,” he added.
“We are getting ready to deal with the heavy flooding expected to massively affect eight local governments and have made arrangements for resettlements of those living in flood-prone areas.”
The governor added that the government would provide free health services to pregnant women, noting that tuition will remain free for students in primary school to junior secondary school 3.
In his words:
“Basic education from primary school to JSS3 remains tuition free for all public schools and we are reviewing the plethora of other levies, fees, and charges in these schools,” he said.
Henceforth, we will provide free antenatal services and free delivery services to pregnant mothers in state primary health centres and general hospitals.”